How to install themes on Windows Vista
One of the disadvantages of Windows Vista lays impossibility to install themes just the same easy way as you can do that on Windows XP. The reason is that in Windows Vista changing system files is strictly prohibited. Therefore, in order to install themes you should start with Vista Visual Master tool.
If you fail to set up the theme, we advise you to try to change the system files manually. In order to do this we will need to use 3 small tools:
Vista Glazz for Windows Vista (designed only for 32-bit systems)
Vista Glazz for SP1 for Windows Vista SP1 (designed only for 32 bit systems)
Vista Glazz for SP2 for Windows Vista SP2 (designed only for 32 bit systems)
Takeownership – designed for all Vista versions
This description touches all themes, though it was created using a single sample, but it suits any decoration style, the difference is in some files, but the way they change stays the same.
1. Run VistaGlazz and click I agree, and then click the leftmost icon to Patch files. We wait a little bit and the program prompts you to restart your computer; please do so.
2. After restarting we copy the folder with theme in it, to be more precise the one which the .msstyles extension to C: \ Windows \ Resources \ Themes \
3. Right-click on the desktop, choose Personalization, then choose Color and Windows overlook, at the bottom select Open classic appearance properties for more color options, where you will find 2 Windows Aero; we click on the top one until the window with the theme preview appears, then click Apply and then click OK
4. It is necessary that UAC is turned off in the system (parental control), -> go to Control Panel and put the classic appearance, them make a Type list and select User Accounts -> Enable or Disable User Account Control (UAC), then uncheck and reboot the PC.
5. From the downloaded archive file TakeOwnership run the file named InstallTakeOwnership
6. Go to C: \ Windows \ System32 \ and make backup copies of browseui.dll and shell32.dll files; them save them somewhere so that we could get back to them again
7. While you are in C: \ Windows \ System32 \ Right-click on the browseui.dll file and click Take Ownership, then right-click again on the file and choose Properties ---> Security ---> --- Change > Poke at the Administrator on the top and at the bottom to set all the “Permit” and then click Apply and OK.
8. You tick at browseui.dll file, right-click and select Properties ---> Security ---> Advanced. In the Permission tab click Edit, choose Administrators from the list, then click Apply and OK.
Steps 4 through 8 were made in order to gain control over the files that we need to be replaced. It would seem a kind of strange to do all these steps when you can just replace it, but in fact no you cannot do that, it is not that simple. But now we can control browseui.dll file, rename it to browseui.dll.old and copy the folder with the downloaded theme browseui.dll file.
9. Steps 7 to 8 are to be done specifically for shell32.dll file; then we reboot the PC
10. Right-click on the desktop, choose Personalization, then choose Color and Windows overlook; then we adjust the shade of the theme and its transparency.